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Photo of the Week "About to Cool Off"

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“Sterling Addition”, still clean & shiny before rolling in the mud and water! Photo taken by Susan Perales of their 28-yr-old stud.Have a favorite photo from life around Fisher or Stonewall counties?

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ASBDC to Host Pregnancy Care Center Mobile Unit

Aspermont, Texas, June 1st, Double Mountain Outreach Services of the Aspermont Small Business Development Center, Inc. (ASBDC) will host the Pregnancy Care Center of the Northern Big Country (PCC of NBC) as they bring their mobile unit, lovingly referred to as “Hope,” on Monday, June 8, 2020. Hope will arrive and be open to welcome guests from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. at the office of ASBDC in Aspermont. Community members are invited out to tour the mobile unit or to receive services as necessary.

Free and confidential pregnancy testing as well as ultrasounds will be available to expectant mothers of all ages. Free diapers and wipes will be provided as well. No appointment is necessary. Simply come out to the ASBDC office and look for “Hope” to see what PCC of NBC has to offer.

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04
Jun
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Aspermont officials take oath and review good financial audit

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Council members Jackie Bingham (R) and Matt Frazier (L) are sworn into office by Aspermont City Secretary Tammy Gentry. Councilman Chris Lipham (seated) received unanimous votes to retain his appointment as Mayor Pro-tem in the council’s first official action after the May Election.

Although the City of Aspermont canceled its May Election as incumbents ran unopposed, councilmembers officially took their oaths of office to keep their seats for another few years. The city’s CPA and financial auditor was also present during the late May meeting, presenting a clean annual report and reviewing the city’s solid finances. Council members Jackie Bingham and Matt Frazier each ran unopposed during the City of Aspermont’s 2020 Election, nevertheless, to make their council position official, each took their oaths during the council’s May meeting. In the council’s first official action of the new election cycle, Councilman Chris Lipham received unanimous votes to retain his position as Mayor Pro-tem.

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04
Jun
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Rotan ISD takes steps toward bond election

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Rotan ISD board members look on as Steve Risser (L) and Robb Sidebottom (R) with Gallagher Construction point out a few of the district’s more severe drainage issues.

Rotan ISD has been inching toward the possibility of a bond election for months, and with the culmination of a management team and a bond committee, the administration is taking the next steps toward deciding where to focus future facility priorities.

In a special-called meeting last week, the trustees heard presentations from Mike Holmberg and Weston Emmert, partners with WRA Architects as well as Business Development Directors Robb Sidebottom and Steve Risser with Gallagher Construction.

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28
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Remembering them

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A letter that was found while going through old papers belonging to Bonnie Opal Phillips (Hobbs, Texas) when her son, Calvin Phillips, enlisted in the Army Air Corps - This is why they are called the "Greatest Generation"

The above is a letter Colonel W.A. Robertson issued to all the young soldiers that were about to enter into duty under his command. In essence, it provided the men who were to serve under him an explanation of what to expect in training and encouragement of his belief that his young airmen would defeat the enemy. It reminded them that the reason for training, for fighting, was to ensure the sovereignty of our country and the freedom it bestows.

The letter was drafted long before the modern word processor, and as a result, words that would today be italicized for infuses were underlined in the letter. There are five words underlined in total, the last of which is: Live. “... so that we can fight for our country and live for our country,” wrote Robertson.

 

 

 

 

 

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28
May
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County enters interlocal agreement with City of Aspermont for community cleanup

Stonewall County Commissioners were quick to enter into an interlocal agreement with the City of Aspermont Tuesday, as the city will soon begin communitywide cleanup operations to remove dilapidated structures and get properties back onto the tax roll.

After months of consideration and a significant show of community support, the Aspermont City Council initiated a cooperative program with Texas Communities Group (TCG) that will address several dilapidated structures throughout the city. TCG will begin focusing on trust properties, which are properties in tax foreclosure but have not been purchased.

 

 

 

 

 

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FCHD prepares to close COVID Clinic and reopen hospital

Fisher County Hospital administrator Leanne Martinez informed board members on Tuesday the hospital would be discontinuing its clinic designated for COVID related practices on June 1. The hospital is restructuring existing plans that will continue to keep sick and well patients distanced and is also working to reopen the hospital for other services.

Martinez said she recently met with the district’s COVID Task Force, where one of the main points of discussion was creating plans to begin reopening on the hospital on a limited basis. They discussed the possibility of allowing one visitor per patient, per day into the hospital and outlined some guidelines for that allowance.

Martinez explained visitors cannot come and go at will, saying if they choose to visit then the must stay for the duration of the visit. Visitors will not be allowed to leave and return later in the day. This practice will be mirrored at the district’s clinic locations as well.

 

 

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21
May
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Aspermont EDC/IDC distributes relief funding to community businesses

The Aspermont Economic and Industrial Development corporations reported they dispersed $12,000 in May to Stonewall County businesses through its COVID-19 Business/Job Retention Grant Application, providing much-needed assistance to almost all business owners that submitted applications.

The program began after Stonewall County Judge Ronnie Moorhead met with EDC/IDC officials shortly after executive orders began limiting business operations. Moorhead expressed concerns with how several businesses would be affected by restrictions and others would be forced to temporarily close.

By the end of March, Texas Governor Greg Abbott issued executive orders that along with reducing the size of social gatherings, also effectively shut down all non-essential businesses — affecting local hair salons, barbershops, floral shops, etc. and regulated restaurants to curbside services.

 

 

 

 

Thu
21
May
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PHOTO OF THE WEEK

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Stonewall County Cowboy Photographer, Ryan Branch of Branch Cowboy Photography, just happen to be driving by at just the right time and captured this beautiful hawk during it's dinner hour.

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Local School Districts prepare for next year

As 2020 graduates prepare for commencement, school officials commence preparing for next year. Although the Texas Education Agency provided districts across the state with some guidance and preliminary considerations earlier this month — including the possibility year-round school — the Chronicle met with school officials to see what the 2021 school session might look like and what parents and students could expect.

With numerous fact sheets, presentations, and weekly conference calls with Education Commissioner Mike Morath, superintendents, administrators, and school officials have had more information to review and consider at the end of the 2020 school year than any other in recollection. Since struggling to keep doors open after spring break, to closing campuses under executive orders by mid-March, school officials have continuously adapted to constantly evolving educational landscape.

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